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Fall Guide to the Arts

Written by Marci Tomassone

Curtains! Lights! On with the show! Things are opening.

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Theaters & Venues with Music, Dance & Theater Performances

Suburban PA Counties

American Music Theatre

Since 1997, AMT has welcomed Opry legends along with Grammy, CMA, Tony and Oscar winners. They’ve hosted acclaimed original shows, national Broadway tours, and Christmas extravaganzas. 2425 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster;

* Amy Grant, Gladys Night, PA Gospel Music Festival, Martina McBride

Bird-in-Hand Stage

Offering exceptional entertainment, including Broadway-style musical theater and magic shows—one of Lancaster County’s must-see stops for live performances.

2760 Old Philadelphia Pk., Bird-in-Hand;

* Ryan & Friends, The Christmas Tree Ship

The Colonial Theatre/Point Entertainment

Independent and classic films, concerts and community events. Major performances booked by Point Entertainment. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville;

* Al Stewart with the Empty Pockets, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The High Kings

Kennett Flash

An all-ages, stage-centered, café-style venue showcasing professional national, regional and local music, comedy, children’s programs and more. 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square;

* The Sweet Remains, Proud Monkey– A Tribute to Dave Matthews Band

Keswick Theatre of Performing Arts

A 1,300-seat venue hosting well-known acts with state-of-the-art sound and light. 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside;

* Ted Nugent, Whose Live Anyway?, Tommy Emmanuel

Longwood Gardens Performing Arts

The arts at Longwood are continuing and are as inspiring and beautiful as the Gardens. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square;

* Live music in the Beer Garden

Neumann University, Meagher Theatre

Modern 300-seat theater hosting lectures, theater, cinema and concerts. 1 Neumann Dr., Aston;

Sight & Sound Theatres

Faith-based live theater that’s been described as “Christian Broadway.” 300 Hartman Bridge Rd., Strasburg;

* Queen Esther

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

Promoting cultural, economic and civic life through music, dance and film. 226 N. High St., West Chester;

* Better Than Bacon: Talking Sticks And BrasilianVibes, Echoes: The American Pink Floyd, Kashmir: Tribute To Led Zeppelin

West Chester University—WCU Live!

Live performances held on campus of music, theater and dance by national traveling groups. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester;


The Grand Wilmington

Presenting more than 75 shows most seasons—from symphony orchestras and ballets to the latest rock and comedy stars, jazz, folk, family artists and more.

818 N. Market St., Wilmington;

* Theo Von Live, Postmodern Jukebox, Rock N Doo Wop Dance Party

Theatre N at Nemours

Independent feature films and concerts. 11th & Tatnall Sts. Nemours Bldg., Wilmington


The Academy of Music

Opened in 1857, it’s the oldest grand opera house in the country still used for its original purpose. This 2,900-seat venue is both a celebrated historic landmark and a contemporary concert hall. Broad & Locust Sts.

* Hamilton, An Evening with David Sedaris, Pretty Woman: The Musical

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Dedicated to the advancement of a diverse and thriving cultural community. Univ. of Pennsylvania campus; 3680 Walnut St.

The Dell Music Center

This open-air amphitheater has 5,284 reserved seats and lawn seating for 600. Ridge Ave. & W. Huntingdon St.

* Check website for performances

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Premier performing arts groups reside at the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music—The Phila. Orchestra, Philly Pops, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco and more. 300 S. Broad St.

* Check website for performances at The Academy of Music and Forrest Theatre

The Mann Center for Performing Arts

Located in Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park, the Mann continues its tradition as the greater Philadelphia region’s premiere outdoor cultural arts center.

5201 Parkside Ave.

* The Disco Biscuits Present City Bisco, Pictures from an Exhibition: An Evening of Classics, Tchaikovsky Spectacular

The Met Philadelphia

This is the former Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, originally built in 1908 by opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein.

858 N. Broad St.

* Lindsey Stirling, Deftones, Sting, Celtic Woman, Jim Gaffigan

New jersey

BB&T Pavilion

Outdoor amphitheater/indoor theater complex located on the Camden Waterfront. 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden.

Events & Series

Chester Cty. 91st Old Fiddlers Picnic, TBD

Hundreds gather for music and memories. Hibernia County Park, Wagontown.

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, June, 2022

Wilmington’s tribute to a great man and his legacy is the largest, multi-day, free, outdoor jazz festival on the East Coast. Rodney Square, 1000 N. Market St.


Media Jazz By Night, November

The 15th anniversary of this annual festival that serves up a lively night full of authentic jazz. State St., Media.

Media State Street Blues Stroll, June, 2022

A summer evening of performances complete with gospel, R&B, blues & country.

Paoli Blues Fest, Sept. 25

Perfect for blues lovers and anyone who likes to eat, dance, shop and enjoy great music. Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Rd. Paoli.

Performance Groups Dance

Suburban PA Counties

Brandywine Ballet

Providing professional training and performance opportunities for dancers and entertaining audiences as the region’s premier ballet organization. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. 700 S. High St., West Chester;

Chester County Ballet Company

A professional performance group at Chester County’s oldest training school for dance. 321 S. High St., West Chester.


First State Ballet Theater

Delaware’s professional ballet company presents full-length ballets and mixed-repertory programs. 818 N. Market St., Floor 3R, Wilmington


Pennsylvania Ballet Association

A premier ballet company, receiving widespread critical acclaim for extraordinary performances of a diverse classical and contemporary repertoire. 1819 JFK Blvd., Ste. 210.

* Check website for performances

Philadelphia Dance Company

Known for its cultural diversity, PHILADANCO works to preserve predominantly African-American traditions through its dances. Philadanco, 9 N. Preston St.


Suburban PA Counties

Brandywine Singers

A choral ensemble with a wide repertoire of music, partnering with other groups to present concerts.

Chester County Choral Society

Led by a professional director and accompanist and performing diverse choral music. P.O. Box 3466, West Chester.

Chesco Pops Orchestra

Comprised of 65 talented and dedicated musicians from around the County, performing pops, jazz and light-classic repertoire. P.O. Box 2468, West Chester.

* Concert performance of the musical, Chess

Delaware County Symphony

This community orchestra performs at Neumann University. Meagher Theatre Life Center, Concord Rd., Aston.

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County

Founded in 1987, the Society presents fully staged productions of the G&S operettas, complete with costumes, sets and full orchestra. P.O. Box 195, West Chester.

Immaculata Symphony

From as far back as 1920, this orchestra has grown from a chamber-size group to a large ensemble. 1145 King Rd., Immaculata.

Kennett Symphony

Experience the unique thrill in witnessing the energy and passion of Music Director, Michael Hall, and the professional musicians recreating musical masterpieces.

106 W. State St., Kennett Square.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

Entertaining and educating the south central PA community through live musical performances. 226 N. Arch St., Lancaster.

Opera Lancaster

Nonprofit group producing operas since 1952. 411 W. King St., Lancaster.

Rose Tree Pops Orchestra

A community orchestra with performances ranging from classical to pops to Big Band. P.O. Box 932, Media.

Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra

Chorus and 35-piece orchestra. Strath Haven Middle School, S. Providence Rd. Wallingford.

Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley (TOSDV)

TOSDV owns, maintains and presents theatre organ concerts and silent movies on a 3/24 Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, in the Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville.

P.O. Box 141, Cheltenham.

Vox Ama Deus

Musicians are known for historical accuracy, frequently performing on authentic Baroque instruments. P.O. Box 203, Gladwyne.


Brandywine Baroque

Concerts of chamber music on period instruments. Barn at Flintwoods, 205 Center Meeting Rd., Wilmington.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Performing classical and chamber concerts. P.O. Box 1870, Wilmington.


Pairings of early and contemporary works. 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington,


The only professional opera company in the state and the 11th oldest in the country. 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington.

Serafin Quartet

The Quartet performs frequently around the US and the world, receiving international prizes and awards. 1014 Sweet Cherry Ct., Wilmington,


The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin joined the small yet illustrious group as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra in over 116 years. One of the preeminent orchestras in the world. 1 S. Broad St.

* Bizet and Ravel, Mendelssohn “Italian” Symphony, Yannick Returns

Performance Groups / schools

Angela Bates Dance Academy

Classes in all styles of dance, for all levels and all ages. Special summer programs. 5129 West Chester Pk., Newtown Square;

Ballet 180 / Studio 180

Performing at McShain Performing Arts Center, Rosemont College. 1708 Lancaster Ave., Floor 2, Paoli;

Darlington Arts Center

Celebrating over 40 years of creative experiences in music, art, dance and drama for children and adults. 977 Shavertown Rd., Garnet Valley;

Longwood Performing Arts

Classes from experienced faculty in a variety of dance styles. 633 West Cypress St., Kennett Square.

West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts

Teachers are experienced professional actors and provide a high-caliber performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities.

Held at: Chester County Historical Society 225 N. High St., West Chester;

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance

Presenting classic, contemporary,and new plays, musicals and dance produced by faculty, students and Philadelphia guest artists. E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, High & Rosedale Sts. West Chester.

Wolf Performing Arts Center

Professionally staged productions, coaching and classes with experienced teaching artists.

1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr.


The Music School of Delaware

Offering standard-setting instructional programs by expert educators for people of all ages and levels. 4101 Washington St., Wilmington.

Theater – Professional

Suburban PA Counties

Bucks County Playhouse

Located on the site of a former grist mill on the banks of the Delaware River. 70 S. Main St., New Hope.

* Candace Bushnell—Is There Still Sex in the City?

Fulton Theatre Productions

A National Historic Landmark, considered the nation’s oldest continuously operating theater. 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

* Fun Home, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Hedgerow Theatre

Featuring classical productions, fun-filled farces and traditional tales for the whole family. 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media.

* Shakespeare By the Brook: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Media Theatre

Producing five musicals annually, plus children’s productions, the Media Theatre has been honored with numerous awards for its performances. 104 E. State St., Media.

* Check website for updates

People’s Light

One of Pennsylvania’s largest professional theaters offers year-round programming in two performance spaces, mixing contemporary plays, music theater, classics and world premieres. 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern.

* Check website for updates

Theatre Horizon

A professional nonprofit theater company producing dramas and musicals and presenting original works. 401 DeKalb St., Norristown.

* Check website for updates


The Candlelight Theatre

Celebrating 50 years of dining and entertainment, Delaware’s first dinner theater offers musicals, comedies, comedy club, quizzo and varied concerts. 2208 Millers Rd., Wilmington.

* Beehive, Ain’t Misbehavin

Delaware Theatre Company

Experience Broadway-caliber productions at this spacious regional theatre. Located on the Wilmington Riverfront, DTC has free parking and a concessions stand with wine, beer and light snacks. 200 Water St., Wilmington.

* The Whitney Project—A Celebration of Black Joy, Tony Braithwaite—Me, My Mic, and I

The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Located in the Hotel du Pont, stars of stage and screen have graced the Victorian stage since 1913. 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington.

* Check website for updates


Forrest Theatre

1114 Walnut St.

Merriam Theater

250 S. Broad St.

* Modern-Day Carmen Fantasy, Bronfman Plays Beethoven

Philadelphia Theatre Company

480 S. Broad St.

Walnut Street Theatre

825 Walnut St.

* Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, On Your Feet!

Theater – Community

Suburban PA Counties

Barley Sheaf Players

Housed in the old Oddfellows Hall, offering a five-show season, summer youth programs, Play Festival, holiday production and children’s workshops. 810 N. Whitford Rd., Lionville.

* Les Miserables (School Edition)

Footlighters Theater

Since 1930, this group has continued to entertain Main Line audiences with each production. 58 Main Ave., Berwyn.

Forge Theatre

Year-round entertainment with six productions. 241 First Ave., Phoenixville.

* Dearly Departed, Guys and Dolls

The Players Club of Swarthmore

A community-based theater with seven main stage shows, plus smaller “Second Stage” productions. 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore.


The Brandywiners, Ltd.

The Brandywiners perform annually at Longwood Gardens. P.O. Box 248, Montchanin.

Delaware Children’s Theatre

Popular theater productions that entertain and educate. 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington

Wilmington Drama League

Hosting volunteer-produced performances, plus children’s theater performances. 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington

Outdoor Concerts

Through August 22

Delaware County Summer Festival. Upper Providence.

Through September 25

Outdoor Concerts at People’s Light. Malvern.

Through October 30

Longwood Gardens Concerts Kennett Square.

July 1, 22, August 13

Music at Marshall Park. West Chester.

July 8–29

Summer in the Park Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park. Wayne.

July 11

Concerts in the Courtyard. Willows Park Preserve, Villanova.

July 11–October 3

Long’s Park Summer Music Series. Lancaster.

July 17

Tie-Dye Music Festival at Community Arts Center.

August 6–15

Musikfest. Bethlehem.

August 7–8

Wilmington’s Riverfront Blues Festival. Wilmington.

August 8, 22

Miller Park Summer Concert Series. Exton.

August 19–22

Philadelphia Folk Festival. Upper Salford Township, PA.

August 27–29

Citadel Country Spirit USA. Glenmoore.

August 28

People’s Festival—27th Annual Tribute to Bob Marley. Wilmington.

September 17–19

XPonential Music Festival. Camden, NJ. On the Waterfront

September 19

Turk’s Head Music Festival. West Chester.